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    Nothing, I'm saying I love Boccherini...

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    Dear everyone,

    I am a new member to this society, so here goes;

    My name is BIO-AQUA, I live in Jordan and in fact, I'm in my holiday between IB1 and IB2. My hobbies are music (dah!), cycling, volleyball, reading and writing.

    I am a grade 6 piano student and a grade 2 violin student (stopped violin since two years, but adore the instrument). I love Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Bach and of course, Tchaikovsky.

    I like to meditate on piano sonatas and symphonies. It is really soothing and refreshing. I also like to analyse symphonies and link them to life's different emotions and feelings. For example, I once linked Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to the agony and suffering of an older woman, who remembers all life's problems on the last day of her life, and how the music contributes to the overall death at the end.

    There you have it Classical Society!! If anyone is interested in knowing more about meditation on piano tunes, or piano in general, don't hesitate to ask. I would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

    Have a nice day...
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    The orchestra I'm in did the Rite of Spring recently. Has anyone else played this rather infamous piece? I think we managed to pull it off pretty well, bearing in mind how difficult it is! Mind you, we did look at it for months beforehand. Practice makes perfect and all that... I'm not usually really a fan of atonal music to be honest, but I enjoyed exploring the Rite.
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    I'd just like to say how much I enjoy the works of Gustav Mahler. A superbly intricate, yet ambitious composer who created some of the best symphonic works known to man.
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    I know a few of those classical music which realy calms me down. I would realy like to know where I can get hear more. It goes like this:

    la la la la, la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la laaaaa,

    la la la la , la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la laaaaa,
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    (Original post by Rukmedes)
    I know a few of those classical music which realy calms me down. I would realy like to know where I can get hear more. It goes like this:

    la la la la, la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la laaaaa,

    la la la la , la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la laaaaa,
    People might need a bit more to go on...:p: Where did you hear it etc.?
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    Taking the mick perhaps?...
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    That occurred to me, too...
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    Hey all!

    Just looking for some advice - me and a friend have been asked to perform a piano duet recital sometime in the nearish future. Unfortunately, our current repertoire is a bit one-sided/thin. We're both good pianists (we're both at least Grade 8 - for solo piano, I'm learning Liszt's La Campanella (at least slightly successfully!) and she's currently learning Chopin's Polonaise Heroique). Our current duet repertoire consists of:

    Brahms : Hungarian dances nos. 1,2,5,9,16; Liebeslieder Waltzes nos. 1,2,11,12

    Schubert: Marche Militaire (Op. 51, No. 1) ; Divertissement a l'hongroise (D.818, Allegretto)

    We just need to learn some more pieces, I guess. We're not too keen on performing the Divertissement, as we feel it's a bit long (~16m) and repetitive. It's a lovely piece, but many audience members could easily get bored. So just give me a shout if you know of any good pieces we could learn. You can probably tell we prefer Romantic and Classical over Contemporary, but we'll take a look at most stuff. There isn't much Baroque stuff around for 4 hands, and we don't really like what we've seen, but if there is a gem, let me know again!

    Thank you so much!!

    Henry T.
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    You could have a look on the AB or Trinity duet syllabus (Intermediate is about Grade 4-5, Advanced is 6-8).

    Other than than...I like Debussy's Petite Suite a lot. There's two Mozart sonatas (Bb major and D major) that are nice, and Faure's Dolly Suite too (nice and macho :p:).

    Will try and think of some more.
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    What about some of Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, the one in G minor is always good fun and a "crowd pleaser". It isn't that hard too - depending on the tempo you take though I guess.

    Good luck
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    Oh - I forgot about Faure - there is that lovely famous one that's always played on the Apprentice...(!) We're not too keen on Debussy currently, as we were both part of a Debussy festival at school (each year, a composer is chosen for a memorial type concert, and this year it was Debussy). I played Reflets dans l'eau and she played one of the Arabesques and Claire de Lune. So we're pretty tired of Debussy currently!! I haven't seen the Mozart sonatas - I'll take a look. And Dvorak too!! The Slavonic dances are pretty similar to the Hungarians though - I think I read a paper somewhere saying that both Dvorak and Brahms were inspired by Remenyi, who consequently accused both of them of plagiarism... We could substitute one or two out for one Slavonic dance. We weren't sure if we should tackle perhaps Holst's Mars/any other Planet. The rhythm is pretty nasty throughout, but it would be amazing if we got it to work... Having said that, the rhythm of some of the Brahms lieder have been totally bizarre, and we've overcome those, but they are quite short. And Holst is very very very long. Any others? These have been great suggestions so far - thanks!!
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    (Original post by BIO-AQUA)

    For example, I once linked Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata to the agony and suffering of an older woman, who remembers all life's problems on the last day of her life, and how the music contributes to the overall death at the end.
    One of the most famous Greek poets, Yannis Ritsos (1909-1990), wrote a poem - his most well-known work and one which gained many accolades (he was nominated for the Nobel Prize almost decade later) - called Moonlight's Sonata which he linked to the famous masterpiece of Beethoven and it was ACTUALLY about an old woman of the upper confiding to a young man the sorrows of her life, full of hypocrisy, regret, lack of love and chances missed. A deeper analysis suggests she represents the falling upper class and aristocracy and the young man the hope of a new, socialistic, society. Well, still, it IS about an old woman and her soulful confession - reflection on her life...

    Sorry for the off-topic rambling, I did that in high school and it was actually on my National Exams Lit paper! Soared on that! :king1: :dancing2: Oh well

    By the way, I adore classical music and I am a big opera fan. Die Zauberflote is a favorite by the way and yes, it HURTS when non-competent people go for the Queen's aria...
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    Grieg's Wedding Day at Troldhaugen for duet? I don't know how easy/hard it is though.
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    Well wedding day at troldhaugen isn't that difficult for solo, but I'm sure that he did some duets of stuff, or stuff has been arranged... probably played it at some point, I play a lot of grieg.
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    There's arrangements of Grieg's Norwegian Dances as duets that I hear are quite nice; same with stuff from Peer Gynt.

    Diabelli wrote a handful of nice duets. Moszkowski's Spanish Dances are supposed to be good too. Oh, and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring as a duet is...interesting. :p:

    You can listen to all of Fauré's duetty works here if you get/have a free (or paid) subscription...some of the other things might be around too.

    I wish I had a duet partner now!
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    (Original post by Reverie.)
    There's arrangements of Grieg's Norwegian Dances as duets that I hear are quite nice
    I think those were the ones that I did, they were nice.
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    There is a duet version of the Grieg, I am going to order it for myself. The Moszkowski Spanish Dances as someone mentioned are fun.
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    Wow! So many suggestions! Thanks guys
 
 
 
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